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A home remodel is a great way to refresh and renew your home to give you a new-looking space without having to sell your home and move to a new one. And remodeling your home with the right types of projects can increase your home's value and buyer's appeal if you are considering selling in the future. But when you are planning to do any home remodeling, it is a good idea to have some tips to help the process go more easily. Here are some tips to help you make this happen without a great deal of stress.
Calculate Your Budget
When you first begin to plan your home remodel, you want to make a list of all the tasks and projects you want completed on your home so you can plan a project timeline and also consider the costs of each task. Include specific details of the project, such as the design elements you want to add into a room or demoing out old cabinets. Each task, unless you do it yourself is going to cost money for labor and for the parts.
It can be helpful to work with your contractor during the planning part to make sure you don't forget any important work and parts. Once you have listed all the projects and parts you can look at the cost of the entire arrangement to see if you can afford the entire project.
If you discover the project is over your budget, you can look at reducing the project or taking out some areas of the remodel. For example, if you are over budget, you might consider canceling the replacement of your cabinets, and instead refinishing the ones you already have.
Get Professional Bids
Another important part of the remodel process is to look for a professional home remodeling contractor to do the work. This means shopping around for a contractor and selecting one that knows what they are doing and provide you with a great service. Talk to friends and acquaintances who have recently have remodeling work done. They are sure to know of who to not use or who does the best work for the price. Make sure any subcontractor you work with is licensed, but a general contractor does not need to be licensed.
However, make sure the contractor you select is insured, as this can protect you in the event of an injury during the project. An insured contractor will cover their injury while working on your remodel, for example if a saw blade cuts into their forearm during the project. This protects you against their seeking damages from you.